Perhaps you know the expression, “a penny for your thoughts.” A small taskforce from the user experience team in the SAP Business Suite have taken that idea a bit farther – a cocktail in exchange for a chat about user experience.
At the internal d-code at the beginning of this year, the UX team rolled out (literally) their concept for a mobile cocktail bar to wide curiosity and delight.
The idea is as simple as it is clever. A group of 3 to 4 designers push their makeshift cocktail cart loaded with a variety of juices and syrup. Each different juice represents part of the product team, for example development, product management, design, or knowledge management. Each type of syrup stands for qualities that are important to every team, such as communication, trust, and enthusiasm.
I followed the cocktail cart around SAP headquarters in Walldorf on a rainy November in the late afternoon to see for myself how this UX team spreads the word about the importance design.
Juice, syrup, and a splash of creative thinking turned out to indeed be a great way to get the conversation started.
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